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O N E of the firft meafures was to fend the white women and C H A P . VI. children on board the fhips in the harbour; and very ferious apprehenfions being entertained concerning the domeftick ne­ groes within the town, a great proportion of the ableft men among them were likewife fent on fhipboard and clofely guarded. still remained in the city a confiderable body of free mulattoes, who had not taken, or affected not to take, any part in the difputes between their brethren of colour and the white inhabitants. Their situation was extremely critical for the lower clafs of whites, confidering the mulattoes as the imme­ diate authors of the rebellion, marked them for deftruction ; and the whole number in the town would undoubtedly have been murdered without fcruple, if the governor and the colonial affembly had not vigoroufly interpofed, and taken them under their immediate protection. Grateful for this interpofition in their favour (perhaps not thinking their lives otherwife fecure) all the able men among them offered to march immediately againft the rebels, and to leave their wives and children as hoftages for their fidelity. Their offer was accepted, and they were enrolled in different companies of the militia. THERE

T H E affembly continued their deliberations throughout the night, amidst the glare of the furrounding conflagrations; and the inhabitants, being ftrengthened by a number of feamen from the fhips, and brought into fome degree of order and military fubordi­ nation, were now defirous that a detachment fhould be fent to at­ tack the ftrongest body of the revolters. Orders were given ac­ cordingly ;

An historical survey of the french colony in the island of St. Domingo comprehending a short account  

Auteur. Edwards, B. / Ouvrage patrimonial de la Bibliothèque numérique Manioc. Service commun de la documentation, Université des Antilles e...

An historical survey of the french colony in the island of St. Domingo comprehending a short account  

Auteur. Edwards, B. / Ouvrage patrimonial de la Bibliothèque numérique Manioc. Service commun de la documentation, Université des Antilles e...

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